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Easter bunnies and ducklings

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Hello my lovelies xx
Well, I’m having a little sit down for a moment and thought I’d say hi to you and share a new tutorial. 
My goodness!! It’s been so rainy and miserable today.
Our weather clock has been on our snowy snowman in March! Bizarre!

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I’ve not been outside at all. I quite like it though. I like cosying up as you know and I’m sure you appreciate. I will be glad to see the back of this freezing, cold weather of course, but there is something I like about it in short spells and it really makes it more wonderful when the sun eventually comes out.  Oh my word, I’m babbling on!

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It’s been mothers day, here in the UK.  My lovely sister set me a challenge and crikey! It kept me busy! She loves wonderwoman and it seemed a fitting tribute to our mum, so she asked me to fathom the logo. Well…. I tried doing a zigzag pattern…. Too wide…. Tried a ripple pattern…. Not quite right, so in the end I  made each straight edge of the logo and pieced it together. By gum! As they say up north…. It took a while!! Any how, I’m pleased with the result but it could be neater!

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And I made my lovely mum a little owl for her card from me as she is a very, very wise owl and I hope that me and my little owlette turn out to be as wise and kind.  Xxxx

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Ah, look at my little owlette here! It is on her birthday and she is so excited!  We endured two hours of softplay, sweatbox hell for her with her toddler pals and she had a fantastic time!

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Here she is with one of her birthday presents.  I’ve mentioned before that my musical ear detects talent here, but crikey mikey! It is in short supply on this machine as she belts out the demonstration buttons!

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I’ve been busy with easter projects here too! Here, amidst my yarn you can see my little duckling egg cosies. Waiting for their little hats to be made. And here they are….

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Mummy duckling

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Daddy duckling

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Skater boy duckling… And….

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Pompom hat duckling.

Aren’t they lovely! I did these for a lady but imagine her little ones faces when their dippy eggs arrive with these chirpy fellows on top.

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Today, it’s been bunnies and I’m going to show you how to make this lovely little bun

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Right…. To begin….
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Chain 8 and slipstitch to make a ring…
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Now, chain 2
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And then make a further 15 double crochets into the ring (UK trebles)
Slip stitch to close the round.
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Now, chain 8 to form the first ear….
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And do a double crochet into the 4th chain from the hook.
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And continue to double crochet to the bottom of the chain. single crochet into the next stitch and again in the next stitch.

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Now chain 8 again and repeat the process above…
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Now single crochet all around the head until you meet the first ear again.
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And slip stitch into the crease below the ear. But your wool but leave a good length and fasten off.
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Now thread your wool and weave all the way around the ears. It will strengthen them nicely and stop them flopping about.
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Now pull the yarn from the central hole really tight to close the ring. Now thread that piece and stitch across the hole several times to secure.
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Thread some pink wool and over the hole make three stitches, slightly decreasing the length each time. Fasten off in a knot on the reverse.
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Thread some black wool and make two eyes….
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And then choose some wool to make a sweet little bow. Thread through the ear and tie.
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There we have it. Really fast to make and so sweet and pretty.
You could make a lovely easter wreath or garland with them. Or sew them onto something.
I’d love to see your pictures of them. Look me up on facebook under windyhilldays and share your pictures with me or just say hi! Even better, leave me a comment on here, It Would be lovely to hear from you.

Goodnight world, and good blessings xxxxx

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Hello sunshine

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Aaaaaaaaaa! Aaaaaaaaaaa! Can you feel that? Can you feel that golden warmth on your face from the early spring sunshine? Aaaaaaaa! It is wonderful!!!! Hello, lovely world! The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hooray! It’s still cold, but if you find a sheltered spot and sit back for a moment, it’s wonderful.

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Little b and I have been out and about in it when ever we can. Here is a rare shot of us together… Usually it’s me behind the camera. If you look really closely at the big rock behind us, you can see the ice at the bottom of it from the waterfall. This is at newstead abbey. It’s a wonderful place to visit,right on our doorstep. It’s where lord Byron lived and was once a monastery. It has secret gardens and passageways that delight little b, peacocks that impress us all and a lovely, warm cafe that does a nice cup of tea!

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Here’s little b, entranced by the water falling in front of her eyes and absorbing the immense noise of the cascading water.

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And here she is entranced by her favourite programme in my necklace that ive taken downstairs to re-use the pearls for my crafty projects. Anyhow…. Speaking of little projects… I have a couple of things to share with you today, firstly….

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Apologies, it’s a bit fuzzy, but do you have children and have any of these spare? Plug guards? Why? …. They make incredible……

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Playdough people! Ah! We had fun making these. Just draw what you want on them and they satisfyingly poke into playdough beautifully!

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We also made some to create Mr potato head style faces….

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And b had a lovely new experience with the usual playdough.

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I’ve been really busy, making all sorts of greeting cards. I’m doing my first ever craft fair in July so need to get on with it!

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Rainbows….

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Cherries….

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Bunnies …. (I got a bit broody making these! )

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Bears…… Ah!

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Birds….

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And houses……

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But mostly, I’ve been making lots of flower cards….

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And I’m going to show you how to do these little flowers too!

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Firstly, my hook is a 3.5 and I chained 7. Now, join to the first stitch with a slip stitch, this forms the central ring.

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Now, chain 1 and then do 4 treble crochets (US trebles…. Yarn over twice…. I learned how to crochet from American clips on youtube.)

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Now single crochet into the ring, and you have your first petal.

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Repeat this 5 times for 5 beautiful petals.

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And then slip stitch into the chain 1 of the first petal that you made. Done!

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And all of these little flowers turned into….

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Lovely cards. You could put them on hats, bags, all sorts! Well, sleepy time is almost over for my little friend and I am going to have a quick play with a little owl applique pattern I’ve got. Have a beautiful, sunny day, wherever you are, and if it’s cloudy…. Stay sunshiney in your heart xxxxxxx

I love plants and I love crochet…

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Well, it’s absolutely true!  I love, love, love plants and I love, love, love to crochet, so this little project is delighting my cockles!

I’ve made another one!

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I think I love crochet because I love colour. I love seeing things grow and I love the cosy comfort of wool. I am also a big believer in the effects of colour on your mood and emotions. I practise reiki and completed reiki level 1 and there is such a significant correlation of specific colours with our chakras. Perhaps this is why I love to be surrounded by rainbows… I’m inadvertently keeping my chakras balanced by seeing all the colours around me.

I’ve got a little bit swept away with my pretty plant pot covers. 

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And I absolutely love this calming green one with it’s pretty little crocheted star.

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And I love the little pearl in the middle.

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And I absolutely love the daffodils inside…. They are growing so fast!! They will soon be blooming and I can’t wait.  My orchid has also new buds ready to pop and I can’t wait to see those beautiful purple flowers once again.

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It’s not snowed since yesterday, but is very, very cold. It’s been nice and bright though and the snow looks wonderful against blue skies.

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I can see the church once again…. It was missing yesterday for most of the day.

The little star on my cover was made following a pattern on a blog that I love to follow called attic24.  there’s lots of lovely patterns on there…

Right…. I still have Christmas presents to finish! Yikes!

Lots of love xxxxxxx

Wintry days and crocheted flower pots

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Windyhill, wintry-wonderland greets you today, my friends.

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It’s a beautiful scene and we are all delighted that it snowed overnight. It is continuing to do so!

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The garden is lovely and tinky is running around like a young pup, snorting and chasing around in the snow….

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Big tree looks magnificent with his winter coat on….

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We fed the birds….

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And my beautiful unicorn, Mr bullfinch came to see us. Wow, I love him and his vibrantly, shy ways.

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Little b tried to catch the flakes…. It is her first year to walk upon the snow!! She was very unsure where her feet were disappearing to!

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And we made a strange looking snowman, with onions for eyes and a half eaten nose! Little b loves a carrot and she keeps pulling it out and taking a bite!!

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My secret project is finished! Are you ready? ….

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Hurray!! It makes me smile inside every time I look at it. I love it!

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You know when you just don’t have enough pretty plant pots and you don’t really want to stare at the brown plant pot they come in….
I thought I’d make a pretty, happy cover that I can slip off and use again when I plant these in the garden for next year!

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I can see that I am going to make all sorts of these as they are so cheerful. I can hear my basil plant in the kitchen calling me, begging me to cheer him up with one!

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I thought it a good idea to show you how I change colour when I’m crocheting. 

Ready?

So, I have finished with blue and want some red!  I take my hook out and leave a loop….

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I get my new wool, red, and create a loop….

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Slip my hook through the blue wool that I am finished with…

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Tighten the blue loop onto my hook by pulling the blue tail,

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And pick up the new red loop with the hook….

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I pull the new red wool through my blue loop….

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And pull the blue tail really tightly to trap the red….

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I then pull the red tail to tighten the red and single crochet in place….

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Carrying on and hey Presto…. A very neat colour change with no knots.

Keep your tails long enough to weave in on the inside when you’ve finished and then you can tie them together on the inside neatly if you wish.

The cover itself was really easy….
I just single crocheted a chain that fit the base of the pot and slip stitched it together…

Each new round you need to start with a chain one before single crocheting around in order to give it some new height. I changed the colours here and there to make it interesting and when it was the height of my flower pot I added a simple shell edge.

I did this by single crocheting in a stitch, then in the same stitch add the following…. Double crochet, chain 2, double crochet, single crochet, then move on to the next but one stitch and  repeat. 

I’ll do a separate post about the flower later on.

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Right…. Little b keeps wrapping her toys up in dusters and tea-towels, so I am going to think about a mini granny square blanket for her to use instead.

Much love to you all…. Pop by and see me on my facebook page xxxxxxx

Crochet bat garland.

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Hi there…. I have a very quick 2 minutes to do this as we have our Cornish friends travelling up the country as I speak and after a massive clean up operation this morning (m makes us marvelous things but makes a lot of dust as he does), dinner now in the slow cooker…. (One meat chilli and one vegetarian chilli for b and I) I have now got to run to the shop and buy all the groceries. So….
I promised my pattern for my bat garland and thought I’d better get on with it as Halloween weekend approaches rapidly!

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Here it is….

Chain 27
In the second stitch from the hook, single crochet. Single crochet again. Half double in the next two stitches, treble in the next two stitches, half double in the next two, single crochet,slip stitch in the next two, now chain four right there where you have just stopped. Slip stitch in to the first chain of the four, slip stitch into the next stitch. There, you’ve just made one ear!  Now do half doubles in the next two stitches, now for the other ear…. Slip stitch and chain 4. Slip stitch in to first chain of the four. Now slip stitch in the next two stitches. Single crochet, half double in the next two stitches, treble in the next two and half double in the next two. Single crochet in the next two and chain one to help you turn on to the underside of your bat.

Underside….

Single crochet in first two stitches. Half double in next two, treble in next two, half double in the next two.  Single crochet, slip stitch, slip stitch. Now for the bat body, you should be under his ear now…. Half double in next 4 stitches. Slip stitch, slip stitch, single crochet.  Half double in next two stitches, treble in next two, half double in next two. Single crochet in next two.  There one bat!!!!

I then chained one and then single crocheted along the underside to create a nice edge, but it doesn’t work on the top side so fasten off on the wing tip.

I added goggley eyes and embroidered a little pink mouth. I added green colour down the wings by poking my hook through the initial chain, pulling up the green wool and slip stitching down all the chain holes in each wing.

To make the garland, I chained 40 then skip stitched on to a mid point of each wing.  I chained 20 between each bat.  I chained 40 after the last bat.  I then used green wool to single crochet along the top of the chain.

Phew!!! I’ve done that fast, so if you have any questions, do ask.

Right…..  onwards and upwards!!! Xxxxxx

Halloween galore!

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Crikey!!! I think this has been the longest I have left my little chats with you. I’ve been very, very busy! Mostly because m has been working all the hours god sends and so I have been busy with my little friend, and also…. The impending Halloween festivities have had my fingers busy and messy at every opportunity. Well…. I think I am nearly done. So much to tell and show!

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The weather has suddenly changed to the gloomiest fog and drizzle and I am longing for the beautiful Sunsets and bright days we had recently. This sunset was caught from my upstairs window. that night, after my sister informed me, I put little b to bed and assumed position to watch the international space station go over. It was very impressive. I had no idea at the time that a crew of 33 were whizzing over my head, guided by a female captain! The following night, I gave them all a wave and b was singing her goodbyes to the world and waved to the ‘rocket’ as well!

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Everyones chimneys are suddenly smoking as it has turned chilly, chilly, chilly! It’s a comforting sight.

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So many green tomatoes failed to ripen this year and I can’t bear to waste them so in the pan they went with half their weight of onions, a large amount of dried fruit, mustard seeds, brown sugar and white vinegar to make….

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Green tomato chutney! Yum!

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Poor little b had her foot painted and stamped to make these cute little witches and sent to loved ones in the post

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An army of them!!! Oh, it was funny. I did laugh, squelching her gorgeous, tubby little feet over and over, and watching her confused, amused and giggling face as we did so.

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B and I watched my beloved David Attenborough in a documentary (well, a clip of it on youtube) about fruit bats and then set about recreating the scene. I tend to do this with most things that she doesn’t see in real life to explain and contextualise things for her. It was actually an amazing clip. Hundreds of thousands of fruit bats greying the exotic skies. She looked quite interested in my tale of one weeing on me as it flew over on my travels in the past!

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Anyhow…. I cut some bat shapes out of cardboard and let her loose with the black paint.

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And we even cut up an egg box and made it into bats…

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Cute! Not hundreds of thousands, but she seemed to understand…

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Maybe we’ll add to it!

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These sponge sticks are great for little hands and short attention spans. They make things so much easier.

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Whilst b was asleep, I made these little felt bats to hang by the fire….

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They look pretty cool….

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And will flutter when the fire’s lit.

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But these are my favourite creations so far, along with these….

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My crochet garlands! The first is basically just a flat circle pattern….

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That is embellished with some added leaves. I just poked my hook through my finished orange circle on the very edge

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And pulled through the green yarn

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Then chained 8 to make the stalk

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I then did half double crochets back down the stalk

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And slipstitched it back on to the pumpkin.

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I then chained 6 and worked my way back down with a single crochet, half double, double, half double and finally a single crochet. This makes a nice leaf.

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Fasten off and go to the other side of the stalk and do the same again.

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I made five pumpkins. I like odd numbers when making garlands. I then chained 80 then slip stitched in between the pumpkin and the leaves along the tops.

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I then chained 30 stitches between each pumpkin. After the last pumpkin, I chained 80 again.

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I then made the faces with a needle and black wool.

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And am really pleased with them!

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I will do another post very soon with the pattern I made for my cute little bat garland.

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Do you remember my little pompom spider I made b? Today, we made him a web out of icelolly sticks!

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And hung him up!

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He’s much happier.

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B and I also made this lovely little lantern

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We always collect pretty leaves and I put them straigt in a heavy book until I can figure out what to do with them. Well, this was really easy for little fingers! Simply brush clear children’s glue on the jar, put the leaves on and brush glue on top of them! I’ve decided this is to be our craft lantern and will be lit each time we make something together.

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Well, there’s more to come, but here is a little corner so far. What I love about this the most is the happy afternoons that b and I have spent at the dining table making our things. It’s nice to sit and work together and see where things take us. I feel that we are more connected spending time together on activities like this, rather than just running around the planet from activity to activity. B certainly seems very content and happy too. I can’t wait for her to wake up tomorrow, as I have put all of our handy work up tonight after she went to bed. Phew! Tonights been a long one! See you soon xxxxxxx

Autumn leaves and soup bowls!

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It’s a lovely, bright afternoon and little b is tucked up asleep in much needed dreamland. Bless her heart, her canines are really hurting her and I could hear her whimpering in her sleep all night last night. Consequently, she has been a little monster this morning!!!

I had to share this little snap of her on the monitor, fast asleep with her bum up in the air!

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Aaaaa! Sweet little friend.

Anyhow…. Today I am going to show you how to make these Autumn leaves.

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Firstly, chain 13.  In the second stitch from your hook, half double crochet. Half double again, double crochet, double crochet again, now do three treble crochet, follow these with two double crochet and then do two half double crochet. Chain 1 to help you around the bend onto the other side, now repeat the pattern until the you get to the top. Slip stitch into the first half double you did, now simply single crochet all the way around to make a nice, neat, sturdy edge. Now when you get to the top, slip stitch again into your first single crochet.

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Now, this next bit is to make the central vein down the middle and it is easier than it sounds. Find the first space in your original chain and poke your hook through it.

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Pick up the yarn and pull it up and slip stitch. Do this all the way until the end. When you get to the final space, poke your hook through and let go of the yarn. Instead, pick up your original tail and pull up. Pull it all the way through and release. Now put your hook up through the underside of your edge and pick up the tail and pull back through. Snip your yarn and knot the two ends. Weave the tails in and there you have it! Have fun with your new leaves!!!!

Well, I’m off to check on my pear crispy slices.

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I’m experimenting and whilst the oven is on low for a rice pudding I’ve made for b I thought I would wade down the pile that m bought home the other day. I hope they work like the apple ones as they are much easier to prepare, having no cores.

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I’ve added nutmeg this time so we shall see!!
We are enjoying our soupy dinners and b has the most adorable items to eat it out of.

Firstly….

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This royal doulton bunnykins bowl was a christening present from her grandma and pop pop as she calls him,
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Granny found soupy bear as we have christened him in a charity shop.
I can still remember a picture on a plate that I used to use, with great fondness so here they are little b… For years to come, when hopefully, they remain unbroken!!!!

Right…. Pears….

See you soon for a Halloween pattern that I’ve been working on xxxxxx

Autumn loveliness

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Hasn’t it turned cold!!!! Brrr…. There have been a couple of frosts here on windyhill. Thankfully, it’s been bright in the days and my little friend and I have been out and about all over the place making the most of the sharp, sunny days. Cold days like this deserve hearty food and today I used up a load of m’s tomatoes with a nice jaimie oliver soup recipe. Yum! We had a lovely morning at newstead abbey yesterday, the home of the late and rather strange Lord Byron and extremely ancient, pre- reformation abbey ruins. There are so many gardens there for b to discover and a lovely safe environment for her to run around in and let off some steam. We have had dry pants all week and she is extremely good at communicating her desire to go to the loo now, so although I keep a set of spare clothes in my bag, as of yet, they’ve not been used. Wow! I’m so proud of her. Many people wondered if she was too young at 18 months to potty train but I knew she could do it. She was making it very clear to me before hand that she was ready and her verbal skills and understanding is really advanced for her age so I’m really pleased I gave it a go and that I didn’t give up on the day that I felt like I was banging my head against a brick wall!!! I’m intrigued to learn that babies in third world countries are trained by the age of 1, and I was talking to a fellow mum in my library who knew of a baby trained at 8 months!!!! My goodness!!!! That’s incredible! Anyhow…

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We’ve been enjoying a variety of baked apple puddings this week and m came home with a load of pears for us which we’ve been merrily munching our way through.

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And I learned a very good tip for removing that waxy coating on shop bought fruit. Warm water and white vinegar in the sink for ten minutes. Excellent!

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Poor m…. I think I have finished making Autumn garlands now, after playing with Autumn crocheted leaves all week. The result is a lovely cheerful….

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Garland for our French doors.

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I will put the pattern on for this larger leaf as I ended up devising one as I just couldn’t find a suitable one on the net.

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They are tacked on to some ribbon and I’m very happy with their Autumn colours and cheerfulness.

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After much hard work on m’s part…

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Things are finally coming together upstairs. This is the new en-suite he has built us. He has made this unit himself and there will be a nice little cupboard underneath soon.

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What a clever fellow he is!

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I’ll be glad to see the back of all this lot though…

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And a new carpet has gone down in the bedroom too, much to b’s dismay as it made a wonderful horsey in the living room! Night xxxxx

Operation wet pants- day 2

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Phew! I am very glad once again for a sit down during nap time. I feel like I am permanently stalking poor little b. She keeps eyeing me suspiciously as if to say ‘why the hell are you on my heels all the time! Give it a rest mum!’ but I can count on it that the minute I take my eyes off of her, she’ll present me with a fountain! Or worse… As she did as I was running the bath last night and believe me…. I’m just glad the upstairs carpet is as old as the house and will soon be ripped up!

Anyhow…. I am being negative…. I don’t mean to be as it’s just life isn’t it and every one of us on the planet has lead our own parents a merry dance doing exactly the same thing. One of the most eye opening things about having a child is realising what your own parents did for you…. The sleepless nights, the endless fatigue and the puddles!!!!! I’ve also always grown up knowing that I am loved and feeling very loved by my parents, but having my own child, It is only now, that I understand the full extent of my parents love for me as I think it’s something you can only feel when you have your own child.

I digress….

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We have progress on day 2…. Little b is enjoying the endless amount of books and one to one time she receives from us both during wee wee time and I am pleased to say that she has spaced out her wees enormously from the previous day, which I am told, reassuringly from a more experienced mum that this is a sign of progress, that b is learning bladder control and is trying to hold it. Also, her nappy was dry after her nap. She has gone from every 15 minutes to every hour and it’s like clockwork!!!! The amazing thing is, I’ve figured out, and apologies for too much information here…. But, if I drink when b does, I pretty much need to go at the same time as b so it acts as a prompt! Bit of a tip to try there!

Other things then….

So, yesterday, I showed you my crocheted Autumn leaf…

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Well, what will it be?

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Autumn leaves on twigs! I saw this on pinterest and wanted to try it. I made my own leaf pattern though as I wanted them a little bigger. And I’m really pleased with how they turned out.

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Firstly, chain 7

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slip stitch into the second stitch from the hook, then slip stitch the next one, then do a half double crochet in the next two stitches.
In the following stitch, double crochet. Now, it should look like this

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And you see where my scissors are pointing in the final stitch, you are going to do several double crochets in the same stitch, to create the rounded end of the leaf.

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Keep going in the same stitch until you are level with where you started this…. The amount will vary, depending upon what wool you use.

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Once you are level, in the next stitch, double crochet, in the next, half double. Now, you aren’t going to go all the way back up to the top, that way, you can make a nice pointy tip of the leaf so now, slip stitch in to the following stitch and again in the next.

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Now, this next bit seems tricky, but it’s not and it will make the vein down the centre of the leaf. See where my scissors are pointing, it’s the hole between stitches. Poke your hook through the hole, grasp the yarn and bring it up and slip stitch. Now do this down all the holes down the middle until you meet the end.

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Once you get to the end, fasten off and weave ends in.

When you put it on your twigs, if that’s what you intend to do…. Just poke the twig under where you’ve tied your knot. Poke the stick through a little more and secure again under a stitch near the top of the leaf.

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And it should stay put!

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I made a few extra to scatter around the base.

Right…. Continuing with my trim now for the next reveal!

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Until then xxxxxxx

Operation wet pants…. Day 1

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Well…. Poor b is full of cold and didn’t sleep well last night so I’m currently sat on her rocking chair waiting for her to wake up. She’s been asleep 2.5 hours again! Crikey…. Little miss loves her sleep!

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Sleeping soundly and making little snuffling noises. Simply adorable. Well, it’s day 2 today but I thought I’d. Bring you up to date.

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After putting plenty of old towels around the carpet …

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And on the sofa….

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I made up some bicarb and vinegar (yes, I’ve become obsessed!) as the vinegar removes odours. I’m pleased to learn that urine is sterile, but I don’t want any lingering odours after all of this. Well….. Little b kept me on my toes and I began to wish for eyes in the back of my head. Wee’s were coming every 15 minutes in the morning. I was tanking her up with liquids to encourage toilet opportunities but didn’t expect that!!! I knew that day one would be all about b learning what her body does and didn’t have any expectations other than trying to plonk her on the potty mid flow, and this is pretty much how the day went. I’m glad I went with my instincts and bought 21 pairs of pants for her rather than the advised 7!!!!!! I think we got through 7 before lunch!!! The hardest thing is keeping her occupied inside as it’s too cold outside for her to run around in pants. Bless her…. She was fast on yesterday when I went up too! It must be mentally exhausting for the little mite

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Whilst she was asleep yesterday, I played with my button jar to make some cute adornments for a mirror I have….

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And finished off some more crocheted Autumn leaves

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Which I will show you what I am doing with next time. Until then…. Wish me luck!!! Xxxxxxx